20 April 2015

Research as Art Competition

The SURF Research as Art competition is back! Organised by the Swansea University Research Forum (SURF) and winner of the Bridging the Gaps Award for Outstanding Excellence in Public Engagement at the Swansea University Impact awards 2014, the competition invites images from across the University that are inspired by, or have themselves inspired research.

The competition was developed by Dr Richard Johnston, one of the co-directors of the Materials Academy.  It gives academics an opportunity to engage with colleagues and the public by giving a visual representation of their research along with an impactful and inspiring short descriptor. The competition has been showcased at many high profile venues including the Royal Institution, London and has gained significant press coverage.

To enter the competition:

Capture a visual representation of research

Give it a title

Write a short compelling paragraph – about the research, the human aspect…whatever you feel makes for an interesting snapshot or narrative of your research

Complete an application form

Closing date: 11th May 2015

Why should you enter?

Prizes and recognition: an opportunity to engage and enthuse the public with your research: have your research promoted through the University Website, external project links and social media: online press coverage of the competition and social media platforms have received over 50 million views: it is judged by a distinguished panel of UK artists, journalists, researchers and photographers: campus exhibition: a touring external exhibition, and entries have been selected for the Swansea University Momentum publication and by the Vice Chancellor for the University Christmas cards. The winning entries are displayed on the Taliesin Arts Centre building.

One of the previous winners is SPECIFIC Sêr Solar Research Fellow, Matt Carnie. His image of solar cells entitled Graveyard of Ambition won the Early Career Researcher Award in the competition.

'Standing like tombstones in a forgotten cemetery, these are lead halide perovskite solar cells and they are the results of experiments that didn’t go as well as hoped … Being a scientist means that most people outside of your own field will only hear about your research successes, but often, behind every success there are many times when things didn’t quite go according to plan'.

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